Ascot United was founded in 1965 by a men’s team who played their games at Sunninghill, with “after match meetings” in The Wells public house in Cheapside village (now the Marrakesh).
The Club has grown to become one of the largest football clubs in the UK. Currently there are over 750 registered players, embracing all ages from age 5 and all levels of ability. As the 2008/09 season got underway, nine of the Senior mens first team have come through the Ascot United youth setup.
Ascot Utd fields 73 teams every weekend including 6 adult teams and 6 girls teams. It is supported by more than 50 businesses who provide various forms of sponsorship. The club is run by over 200 volunteers 120 of whom have formal FA coaching qualifications.
The club’s status was underlined in August 2004 when it became an FA Charter Community club, at the time only the second club in Berkshire to receive this award.
Why have you formed this Academy Partner link and how has it benefited your club?
The club intends to continually improve its facilities, players and the standard of coaching it provides. We are proud of Ascot United, a football club with its roots in the local community.
To help Ascot United achieve these aims an Academy Partner Link with or most successful local league club is a must. The Reading Academy Partner link not only allows our young players to follow the Royals and assist us in the local community, it is also a pathway for those more abundantly ‘gifted’ Ascot United players to move up a level of football. Also for our coaches access and supply to coaching support and coach education and training throughout the season
Have any of your club players progressed and signed for the Royals Academy or any other league club?
Yes, we have a couple of boys and girls that have signed for the Academy (U10 – U12) over the past few years and we are hoping more will follow. There have also been a number of players who have also moved onto QPR and Chelsea.